If there is a Henry Melton signing with the #Cowboys, doesn't sound like it'll happen tonight. Vikings in it, Seahawks not as much.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2014
The opportunity to sign Henry Melton was just that.
The Seahawks haven’t gone after free agents since 2011 — during the early stages of a major rebuild.
Now it’s just about seeing what’s out there.
I’ll understand if there’s a tinge of disappointment at this latest development (if we can call it that). At one point a report suggested both parties were “deep” in negotiations.
So what’s changed?
Melton’s coming off an ACL injury and there’s a few character concerns that need to be checked out.
On a one or two year ‘prove it’ deal, Melton would’ve made a lot of sense.
But if the Cowboys and Vikings are talking long term — and if that’s what Melton prefers — what are you going to do?
Dallas only really has the option to offer a multi-year deal. They have virtually no cap room in 2014. They have to back-load contracts and mortgage the future on the present.
You could say it’s an astonishingly reckless way to run a franchise.
Yet that’s no real concern of Henry Melton or his agent.
The Seahawks aren’t going to go chasing these players.
They’ll just wait for the next opportunity.
It’ll be the same with Jared Allen. It’s highly unlikely they open the cheque book for him either. He’s going to have to compromise if he wants to play for this particular challenger.
Personally I’d choose Allen over Melton anyway. Less injury risk, less character risk. In a perceived weaker season he still had 11.5 sacks. He plays a ton of snaps.
Soak it in. This is what it feels like to follow a Championship team with a switched-on front office.
Hill also suggests such a deal might be too costly for the Cowboys.
This is no surprise when you consider what we talked about above. Dallas has to back-load deals because of their lack of cap space. Signing a one-year contract with Melton won’t work unless he’s willing to play for about three million bucks — max.
Seahawks interested in Kenny Britt?
Adam Schefter seems to think so…
Titans WR Kenny Britt had completed visit with New England, now will travel to Washington. Panthers, Seahawks, Rams are interested as well.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2014
Here’s another opportunity.
Britt had so many chances in Tennessee and wasted every single one.
His career’s dangling by a thread. Which means he’s cheap.
Which means the Seahawks will show interest until the moment he stops being cheap.
Meanwhile Ian Rapoport believes Seattle also showed some interest in new Oakland receiver James Jones:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2014
Marcus Smith tape
Even if the defensive options early in the draft aren’t great — the middle rounds could provide some relief.
Marcus Smith at Louisville is one to monitor. Dan Quinn was at his pro-day today.
See for yourself: